How to discover your superpowers
Are you feeling stuck in your life or career, but have no idea how to get yourself out of that rut?
Well one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself is to identify your strengths. Everyone has their own personal set of strengths that they can call on to help them achieve their goals and overcome any challenges.
It’s like having your own unique ‘superpowers’ that allow you to perform at your best and therefore feel more confident about what you have to offer the world.
Identifying mine was one of the most helpful things that I did when I was stuck in my last corporate job and my confidence levels were low. I had completely lost sight of what I really loved to do, after years of trying to fit myself into job roles that weren’t right and having to develop skills that were required but that I had no passion for (mastering excel spreadsheets anyone?).
However, doing the following exercise helped me get clear again on what I was good at and use that as a guide to figure out what my dream life and career could look like:
Notice what you enjoy.
Start to make a note each day of the things you love doing the most. What comes easily to you? What do you feel motivated and energised to do?
In positive psychology, this is called ‘being in flow’ and it’s how you can identify when your individual strengths and talents are being fully engaged. Here are some additional questions you can ask yourself:
- What were you good at as a child?
- What skills have you learned quickly and easily?
- What attracts your attention and curiosity?
- When are you completely absorbed and lose track of time?
- What subject could you talk about for hours on end?
When time flies without you noticing, that’s when you’re in flow. Start to make a deliberate effort to have more flow experiences on a regular basis, whether that’s at work or at home, and notice your energy and happiness levels start to rise.
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